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The Sea Devils – Episode Guide

Posted in 3rd Doctor, Classic Series, Episode Guides, Jo Grant, Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Sea Devils, The Master, Video Clip with tags , , , , , , on April 9, 2009 by Mr M

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The Doctor and Jo visit the Master in his high-security prison on an island off the south coast of England and hear from the governor, Colonel Trenchard, that ships have been mysteriously disappearing at sea.

Investigating, the Doctor learns from Captain Hart, commander of a nearby Naval base, that the sinkings have centred around an abandoned sea fort. He and Jo then visit the fort and are attacked by what one of the men there terms a Sea Devil – an amphibious breed of the prehistoric creatures encountered by the Doctor shortly after his exile to Earth.

The Master, aided by a misguided Trenchard, is stealing equipment from the Naval base in order to build a machine to revive the Sea Devils from hibernation.

The Doctor takes a diving bell down to the Sea Devils’ underwater base to try to encourage peace. His efforts are frustrated by a depth charge attack ordered by a pompous politician, Walker, but in the confusion he manages to free a captured submarine and escape back to the surface.

The Sea Devils then capture the Naval base, and the Master has the Doctor taken back to their control centre, where he forces him to help finish the machine. The Doctor sabotages the machine and the two Time Lords escape together just as the base is destroyed in an explosion.

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The Three Doctors – Episode Guide

Posted in 1st Doctor, 2nd Doctor, 3rd Doctor, Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, Classic Series, Episode Guides, Jon Pertwee, Nicolas Courtney, Omega, Other Time Lords, Patrick Troughton, UNIT, Video Clip, William Hartnell with tags , , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by Mr M

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A weather balloon carrying a device for cosmic ray research comes down in the Minsbridge Wild Life Sanctuary and is found by the local gamekeeper, Mr Ollis (Laurie Webb). Its’ owner, Doctor Tyler (Rex Robinson), is summoned by Ollis’ wife (Patricia Prior) but Ollis vanishes from beside the device before he arrives. Tyler contacts UNIT and takes the device into their HQ. He was going to contact them anyway in view of the recent results of his tests which show an unknown type of cosmic lightning, directed at the Earth. The Doctor is intrigued and goes to see the spot where the balloon came down. Continue reading

Planet of the Spiders

Posted in 3rd Doctor, Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, Classic Series, Elizabeth Sladen, iTunes, Jon Pertwee, Regeneration, Sarah Jane Smith, Theme Tune, UNIT, Video Clip with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2009 by Mr M

I’ve always considered Jon Pertwee’s last story, Planet of the Spiders, to be one of the best. My earliest memories of Doctor Who are of this story and the giant spiders were the stuff of nightmares. I was very pleased to find that iTunes have included this story as a download. It ‘s one of the Jon Pertwee stories that have, as yet, not been made available on DVD, however has previously been released on VHS.

I’ve now added this story to my digital collection of Doctor Who. I have also created a new piece of artwork, based on the Region 2 DVD covers and inspired by the original VHS cover artwork.

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The plot of the story is as follows;

Sarah is invited by Mike Yates to visit him at a Buddhist meditation centre where he has been staying. A group of people there, led by a man named Lupton, are misusing the meditation rituals in order to make contact with powerful alien forces, which manifest themselves as a giant spider. The spider is an emissary from the ruling council on the planet Metebelis 3, sent to recover the blue crystal that the Doctor previously found there and that has now been returned to him by Jo.

The Doctor and Sarah journey to Metebelis 3 and aid its human colonists in an attempt to overthrow the ‘eight legs’. They then return to Earth in the TARDIS. The Doctor recognises the meditation centre abbot K’anpo as his former Time Lord guru and, at his prompting, returns to Metebelis 3, where the humans’ revolt has ultimately failed. He demands an audience with the Great One – a huge mutated spider revered by the others – and offers her the crystal.

The Great One uses it to complete a crystal lattice, which she believes will increase her mental powers to infinity. Instead, the rising power kills her. The other spiders also die as their mountain explodes. K’anpo has meanwhile been killed while protecting Yates from an attack by the spider-controlled residents of the meditation centre, only to be reborn in the form of his assistant Cho-je – his own future self.

Some weeks later, the Doctor is brought back to UNIT HQ by the TARDIS, having been fatally affected by the radiation in the Great One’s cave. K’anpo appears and, with his help, the Doctor regenerates, see YouTube clip below with updated regeneration effects.

 

Classic Doctor Who comes to iTunes

Posted in 3rd Doctor, 4th Doctor, iTunes, Jon Pertwee, Objects of Desire, Tom Baker with tags , , , , on March 10, 2009 by Mr M

And it’s about bloody time, if you forgive the pun!

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At last, the BBC and iTunes have pulled their collective fingers out of their backsides and have made classic episodes of Doctor Who available on iTunes for the first time in the UK. This now makes us more or less equal to the US where they have been available for some time. Late last year the BBC made the new series available, which included the 2008 Christmas special, which was available to download days before the DVD was released in the shops.

The classic episodes now available on iTunes include some stories that have previously been released on VHS but not on DVD, such as Jon Pertwee’s very last story; The Planet of the Spiders.

The classic collection which has so far been released only includes stories from Jon Pertwee’s era and Tom Bakers, but it’s a start and they promise more. I’m hoping they release the Key to Time series as the DVD boxset was way overpriced in my opinion.

So all you collectors out there, get downloading. It’s time to fill the gaps in your digital collections!

3rd Doctor: Opening Title Sequence

Posted in 3rd Doctor, Classic Series, Jon Pertwee, Music, Theme Tune, Title Sequence, Video Clip with tags , , , , on November 2, 2008 by Mr M

Series 7 was the first to be made in colour. Jon Pertwee’s face replaced Troughton’s in the titles, re-designed via “howlaround” with red and green swirling flames and climaxing with another new logo design. Delia Derbyshire’s theme arrangement was given a third new edit, retaining the spangles but shortening the opening bars and, for series 7-9 adding a “stutter start”. Closing music changed too, standardised at 52″ and 1’12”, starting with the now-famous radiophonic scream.

Inspired by the stunning hyperspace sequence climaxing Stanley Kubrick’s movie 2001, Bernard Lodge re-designed the Doctor Who titles again in 1973. For series 11, “howlaround” was dropped in favour of a technique known as “slit-scan”, in which multiple exposures of light refracting in plastic were filmed through slots in black card on a rostrum. Lodge also re-designed the series logo as a diamond.